Women’s Philanthropy

Your place to inspire, help and connect.

Why Women's Philanthropy?

Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is a 4,000 group of generous, motivated women who raise over $6 million annually for Federation supported programs and services.

Like you our values guide us. Our passion for Jewish life and culture connects us. We are discussing key issues facing women and the world today. We are networking, learning, fundraising, volunteering and socializing together. And together, we’re making a difference in the lives of Jewish people in Detroit, Israel and around the world.

The opportunities are everywhere. In whatever way you’re inspired to support the community — from hands-on volunteering and committee work to leadership positions. Join us and explore what’s next on your journey.

Empower Yourself and Others

Women are asserting themselves more in business, the professions, the arts and the voting booth — and are taking on more obligation in the vital area of philanthropy.

Women’s giving accounts for 18% of Detroit Federation’s Annual Campaign. By giving a gift in your own name, you embrace an identity that’s distinct and independent from that of another family members. A gift in your own name will:

  • Connect you to the Jewish community in a personal, powerful way
  • Be a role model to thousands of other women
  • Inspire the next generation to stand up and be counted

Every gift matters. By making a gift in your own name, you play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity in Detroit, Israel and in Jewish communities around the world.

Click here to make a gift to Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Planned Giving

Leave a lasting legacy of support for your Jewish community. You can endow your gift at any level. Contact Susie Feldman at 248-203-1461 or for more information.

Jewish Working Women’s Network

The mission of the Jewish Working Women’s Network is to provide engaging educational opportunities and offer enriching programs as well as the chance to connect with other Jewish working women in our community.

We have a Facebook page of over 1100 members; our Pure Networking events reach 30-40 women 3 X a year at various locations in informal settings, no registration, no fee, to meet and network, share resources – women have changed jobs, met clients, connected to each other all based on this group. We also have resource programs 2 X a  year featuring women from our community be it Harriet Rotter talking about the 5 Best Friends Every Woman Must Have or Michelle Cantor from Volar Consulting speaking about Unconscious Bias – every session is a new opportunity to grow and evolve. Our events always sell out. Join us!

For more information, contact Marianne Bloomberg, Associate Director, Philanthropic Engagement at 248-642-4611 or

Join Our Young Women’s Group

Young Women’s Philanthropy (YWP) welcomes women who are moving beyond NEXTGen or who haven’t been connected to Federation before. Through YWP, young women are sharing their interests and passions and creating and implementing their own ideas to connect with each other and with Women’s Philanthropy. There’s always fun with our Jewish Working Women’s Network or JFamily, there’s always fun and friendship in-store with YWP programs like “Days in the D.” YWP is dedicated to the mission of Women’s Philanthropy… to inspire others to make a difference through volunteering, education and philanthropy.

For more information contact Jodi Feld at or 248-833-2512.

Travel With Us

Pack your bags and travel with Women’s Philanthropy. You’ll experience exciting adventures and cultural discoveries in Israel and Jewish communities across the globe. Each trip has a unique sense of purpose, deepening your connection to Jewish identity while expanding your world.

Plus, your daily activities, logistics, accommodations and (most) meals will all be taken care of by us! All you need to do is enjoy.

For more information about upcoming trips talk to Amy Neistein at or call (248) 205-2543.

Volunteer With Us

Get involved and be inspired. Join Women’s Philanthropy as a Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV). TOV plans one-time, hands-on volunteer opportunities that benefit our community. Past programs include preparing and delivering Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Purim Packages and volunteering to support community literacy efforts, including Bookstock.

Ready to repair the world? eMail Amy Neistein at or call (248) 205-2543.

Meet Our Leadership

Sherrie Singer, President

Sherrie Singer moved to Detroit in 1994 from her hometown of Indianapolis, after graduating from Indiana University. She has been passionate about the Detroit Jewish community ever since. Prior to becoming Campaign Chair of Women’s Philanthropy, Sherrie served as Education Vice President, co-chairperson of Lion of Judah, Signature Event and Community Connections. Sherrie is co-founder of Young Women’s Philanthropy and Thread-Connecting Jewish Women.

Jewish education is an important part of Sherrie’s life as she is a Wexner Fellow and a graduate of Shalom Hartman’s Community Leadership Program. She has been a student of the Florence Melton Adult Education program every Monday for the past eleven years. Sherrie also spends her time helping other students with her work on the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College and of Hillel Metro Detroit. Sherrie received the Sylvia Simon Greenberg award for young leadership in 2011.

Sherrie married her camp sweetheart Danny Singer in 1996. They have two sons, Ari and Gabe, and a new puppy Winston. “I feel so fortunate to be a part of our amazing Detroit Jewish community. Women’s Philanthropy has played such an important role in my life and has encouraged so many other women to be passionate about helping others in our community, our nation and our world. Detroit truly is a special place because of its people!”

Nancy Glen, Campaign Chair

Nancy is a true Michigander having grown up in Southfield, attended MSU and U of D Law School before settling down with her husband, Ralph McDowell, and their three (now grown) children in Huntington Woods.  She worked for the nonprofit sector, assisting organizations in data collection and impact measures, and has been an actively engaged community volunteer.

Her long-time involvement with Federation includes the Local Agency Planning Division and the Hermelin Davidson Center for Congregational Excellence. Nancy also held Women’s Philanthropy leadership roles for the Jewish Working Women’s Network, Strategic Planning and was an Engagement VP. She currently sits on Federation’s Board of Governors and the Partnership2Gether Committee, deepening her knowledge base of our local and global partners.

“I am inspired by individuals who understand the importance of listening and supporting others.  My grandfather (z”l) liked to invoke a Jewish ethical teaching that a wise person listens and learns from all people, that everyone has a voice, and everyone’s voice matters.  I try to be guided by this principle.”

Upcoming Events

Contact us for more Information

  • Jessica Goodwin
  • Associate Director, Women’s Philanthropy
  • 248-203-1470
  • Marianne Bloomberg
  • Associate Director, Philanthropic Engagement
  • 248-642-4611
  • Jodi Feld
  • Associate Director, Affinities Department
  • 248-833-2512
  • Amy Wayne
  • Associate Director, Women’s Philanthropy
  • 248-203-1483

You Matter.

The help we provide to the Jewish community in Detroit, in Israel and around the world is not possible without your support. Choose your level of impact…